|Kerekes György: Re: rokonkeresés|
Unfortunately, I cannot speak or write in English very well, that is why my cousin helps me with the translation. According to the facts you have written to me, I think that unfortunately we are not related. I live in Mezőhegyes (Békés county, Hungary, and my ancestors have lived in Gyula (Békés county, Hungary) and Mezőhegyes since the 1840's. But I would like to help you with some information, I hope it will be useful for you.
Zselyk:Beszterce - Naszód county, Besenyői district, village, 138 houses, 632 inhabitants of Hungarian nationality, state registry office: Dipse, court of justice, district justice and board of assessment: Beszterce (1900)
Beszterce-Naszód county was judged to Romania by Trianon Treaty (1920.06.04.) The Second Wien Decision (1940.08.30.) gave Northern Transylvania and with that Zselyk back to Hungary, but after the Second World War Romanian public administration was restored and the Treaty of Paris gave the district to Romania.
Registration: leading ecclesiastical registration was started to prove nobel rights at around the 13th century. By the Roman Catholic Church it was compulsory to record each churh ceremony. This was followed by other Churches. As population statistics was developing, from 1828 it was compulsory to send a copy of each register of birth to the county. Keeping registers was taken over by state from 01.10. 1895. From this time there is state registration in Hungary.
Research: State registers can be searched with much circumstance because of protecting data. Although there is period of prescription, after that they can be seen freely, but it's difficult to reach them. The copies sent to the counties between 1828 and 1895 can be used freely, if they are not lost. Ecclesiastical registers before 1828 belong to the certain Church. These can be searched by the local priest's permission.
There is a tip: In 1968-69 the American Mormon Church took photographs of ecclesiastical registers of several Eastern European country, and fixed on microfilms. These films were taken to America, too. I don't know whether Romania took part in this programme or not, but Hungary was in it, so Hungarian data can be searched on microfilms.
I hope that I could help in your quest, if you need any other information, I help you with pleasure (if I can). I recommend www.genopro.com to you. It's a very good data processing program, I use it, too. Have a nice day, George